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. talk for watching espn saturday night football on abc. espn, the home of the discover bcs national championship game. the irish go on the road on get it done in east lansing. now to studio for the ford wrap-up and robert flores. >> all right. welcome inside college football stud quo. usc quarterback matt barkley came back for his senior season with unfinished business but finishing against stanford has proving elusive and was again tonight. on the road against stanford. down 14-7 but they scored to tie it, then take the lead. nunez, 37 yard score and that is the game-winner. as matt barkley late in this game is sacked by chase thomas. barkley finishes his usc career 0-4 against stanford. as the cardinal beat number two, 21-14. they will take on washington thursday night on espn. meantime, oregon, also for the pack-12, maul tennessee tech. 18 florida beat number 23 tennessee earlier on espn. fourth quarter, this game is tight. when florida's jeff driskel, pass to hammond and turns that short pass into a long touchdown. dpaters 3-0 for an eighth straight season. meantime vols lose th
september. it pays to discover. >>> back to "hardball." "the sideshow." first espn, there's buzz in the sports world about john l. smith, the head coach of the university of arkansas. after a dismal start he racked up $25 million in debt. personal debt and recently filed for bankruptcy. so let's go to espn's outside the lines where the panel weighed in on smith's troubles and find a certain prominent political figure to compare him with. >> sitting down with john l. smith and saying cut out the circus act is impossible. no one in this country with the possible exception of mitt romney has had a worst two weeks than john l. smith. >> andy, how would you characterize the last couple of weeks in john l. smith's tenure? >> absolute circus act. >> romney is the new tackling dummy on espn. anyone else had a worst one? "the washington post" reports smith, the coach is trying to win over critics with his, quote, engaging personality and infectious smile. not qualities they've been tossing around about romney. >>> "simpsons." homer votes for romney. there's more on this online promo. >> m
's talks aimed this saturday in new york. >>> as for actual sports highlights, we get those from espn. >> randy scott with your "sportscenter" update. the a.l. east, where the yankees came in with a one-game lead on the orioles. they're in boston. taking on the red sox. dustin pedroia, going deep. pedroia's 15th of the year. red sox tied at 3-3. same score, bottom nine. they have a help from jacoby ellsbury. red sox walk off, 4-3, your final. >>> there was ground to be made up for the orioles, in baltimore, taking on the rays. bottom three. it's j.j. hardy, off of matt moore. moore comes in with two earned runs allowed in three career starts against baltimore. gave up two on that swing. hardy had two home runs. bottom five, matt wieters, this one not leaving the yard but still does damage. orioles win 9-2. they're tied with the yankees atop the a.l. east. >>> world cup qualifying. team usa. a moment of remembrance and solace on 9/11, on the anniversary. that's danny williams. working the woodwork there. u.s. would hit the post three times in the first half. still scoreless in the seco
. that is gurley. georgia right now on espn alabama looking to be in control against ole miss lsu stepping out of the s.e.c. a game in which they trailed in baton rouge. right now on espn2, oregon is leading washington state. this game being played in seattle. wanted to pass instead can't find your receiver he'll take it. and go into the end zone. 13-yard score, right now it is 23-22. second quarter on espn two. the ducks on top. earlier here on abc, ohio state quarterback braxton miller overcame a knee injury to have 315 total yards, this touchdown pass to smith and ohio state wins over michigan state 17-16. they get nebraska next week. we'll see you next weekend. # "and then, there's both." "erika tsubaki is a big fan of both." "that's what she and her team had in mind when they designed the all new ford escape." "with more cargo space than before, wrapped in a brand new body." "the tech-savvy, ready-for-adventure, all new twenty thirteen ford escape." "it's what happens when you go further." president obama: during the last weeks of this campaign... there will be debabat
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, the "sportscenter", with george grande. >> welcome, everyone, to the espn "sportscenter." >> reporter: and thus began a humble wrap-up program that would do nothing less than change the very meaning of american sport. back in 1979, sports fans only really could follow their local teams, briefly glimpsed at the end of local news casts. "sportscenter" rendered that obsolete, and helped catapult sports into the center of the american cultural dialogue. now, it is the beating heart of abc's sister network, espn. 18 million people tune in each day. compared to the 30,000 who watched that very first broadcast. >> back, back, back -- >> booyah. >> welcome to another edition of "sportscenter." >> reporter: a show that wouldn't recognize itself now. owing much to the iconic athletes who came of age with it. and all those anchors, including my dear "gma" colleague, robin roberts. >> people think all we care about are sports. that's just not true. >> reporter: blazing a trail for me to follow. >> alongside josh elliott, i'm hannah storm. >> reporter: and one of the great continuous ad campaigns in televis
. >> that's the response publicly. >>> if you missed monday night football last night on espn you missed the call that has fans and most of the nfl talking many string of controversial calls by replacement refs came to a head last night. john muller shows us more: >> final play, end zone -- >> reporter: game winning hail mary pass looked like an interception. >> who has i? touchdown! >> reporter: calling it on espn the refs were giving mixed signals. >> the call on the field stands. touchdown. game is over. >> seahawks win in the most bizarre finish you will ever see! >> reporter: seeming to hurt not just the packers' record but the integrity of the game, gruden alongside tirico. >> this is comical, really. >> two of the worst calls i could remember. >> reporter: it capped a week in which belichick got furious after his team's loss to the ravens putting his hands-on a ref. >> i have never meant any disrespect or in any way tried to abuse or be disrespectful to the officials and the job they do. >> reporter: it has created a social media firestorm. drew brees tweeted at the end of the mon
, now, for some action from the big leagues. highlights, now, from espn news. >> randy scott here with your "sportscenter" update. the best pennant race in baseball is in the american league central. it's the tigers and white sox. they came into wednesday tied atop of the division. tigers, looking to take care of business. against the royals. serving one up to jeff fron cowh francoeur. abeale la, off of jeremy guthrie, who has been better coming to the royals from the rockies. but returning to old form there. tigers cut it to 4-3. austin jackson, mr. jackson, if you're nasty. that's gone. his 16th of the season. aerowe're tied at 4-4. bottom five, your triple crown candidate leads the american league in rbis and balting average. alex gordon is ruining the party. bottom eighth. runners at the corners for jhonny peralta. and it's not the sexiest highlight. but it is productive because andy dirks breaking up the double-play, allowing the run to score. who says baseball is not a full-contact sport? that allows the winning run to score. tigers win. >>> the white sox need to take care o
to thank you for watching espn on abc. espn, home of discover bcs national championship game. for kirk herbstreit, and heather cox. be sure to join me tonight. come on back next saturday. we'll take you to the studio for the ford wrap-up with robert flores. >>> all right. brent, thanks. welcome inside our college football studios. 86 points there between clemson and florida state. arizona and oregon, figure to challenge that on es. so far this is the only touchdown of the game. marcus mariotta. to darryl hawkin, 17 yard, ducks added a field goal in the late first after. oregon leading arizona. mean tile oregon state have two wins against ranked teams. they beat 27-10. after the game. head coach mike riley took his team to in and out burger, seriously. also in the pac-12. usc beat cal for a ninth straight time. s.e.c. play. lsu, number two in the country, survived. but it was tough against auburn on the road tonight. tigers' defense strikes first. trey mason. tackled. that's a safety. lsu, later in the quarter, lsu wins 12-0. auburn, 0-3 in s.e.c. play for the first time since 1980. num
. go, bears. highlights, now, from espn. >> good morning. this is your "sportscenter" update. i'm todd grisham. things are getting hot and heavy in the american league east. orioles, rays, yankees, battling it out. rays and orioles, game two of a three-game series. drives one to right center. j.j. hardy, comes in to score. orioles take a 2-1 lead. bottom of the ninth, we're tied at 2-2. winning run at second base. nate mclouth, with a double. and that will do her. the orioles win it in walkoff fashion. 3-2, the final. >>> how do the yankees do? they face off against the red sox. top of the seventh. curtis granderson, in the business of hitting home runs. and business is good. he would hit two two-run home runs on wednesday night. his 36th and 37th of the year. it's 5-1. top of the eighth, yankees up 5-3. derek jeter grounts into a double play. unfortunately, he would have to leave the game with a bone bruise. he's expected to play on thursday. bottom of the eighth. same score. cody ross with a full count. take his base. what? strike three? question mark. he gets tossed for arguing. bob
-old eric yee allegedly posted on espn's website that he was watching children and wouldn't mind killing them. there was mention of an aurora, colorado, style massacre. police linked the comments to the los angeles area home where yee lives with his parents. they found several guns in the home which overlooks two schools. >>> 13 california lifeguards and their manager, fighting to get their jobs back. ♪ >> they were actually fired because of this spoof of the dance craze "gangnam style." officials decided they used the city resources without permission. hundreds of their supporters turned out for a city council meeting last night. thousands more have signed an online petition. no decision, yet. but the mayor has launched a new investigation. give me a break. give them their job back. >>> well, an intriguing scrap of paper is renewing an age-old religious debate. did jesus have a wife? a harvard scholar has unveiled a faded piece of papyrus that contains the phrase, quote, jesus said to them, my wife. it goes on to say, quote, she will be able to be my disciple. karen king, the harvard
. >>> to habl. this is "the side show." espn, there's buzz in the sports world about john l. smith, head coach of the university of arkansas. in addition to a dismal start for his fifth football team, smith's racked up $25 million in personal debt and recently filed for bankruptcy. let's go to espn's "outside the lines," where a panel weighed in on smith's trouble and found a prominent political figure to compare him with. >> sitting down with john l. smith and saying cut out the circus act is impossible. no one in this country with the possible exception of mitt romney's had a worse two weeks than john l. smith. >> how would you characties the last couple of years in smith's tenure? >> absolutely circus act. >> so romney's the new tackling dummy on espn. anyone else had a worst circus act than mitt romney? the "washington post" reports that smith, the coach, is trying to win over critic with his "engaging personality" and "infectious smile," not qualities that people have been tossing around about mitt romney. >>> to "the simpsons." spoiler alert, homer votes for mitt romney. but there's more
. >>> but the ban on post-game comments and espn and seen around the country >>> it means the world to me to have all these fans and have these people here for me >>> your 12 or 13 of his people cheer for you, to mark u. back- to-school you have homework to do. does this help you out with girls? >>> no. >>> where back to the sibling squabbles the this is been a great experience >>> just another day the next day the moments of great help their remember that >>> family is fleeting as the confetti that blew upon them today. >>> petaluma pride you see a deer the tennessee team is good let's vale, if you don't know everybody knows petaluma around here and a are enjoying the day. >>> there is heavy police presence in charlotte, north carolina at of the democratic convention it does not seem to faze the locals danielle nottingham with more on the tight security measures in place. >>> the president enters the week of his renomination in the dead heat with mitt romney, he builds momentum for his big night with a campaign swing through it states that could determine the election, charlotte gets ready for h
tv what post-game comments and espn and play-by-play and around the country >>> you cannot explain it it means the world to me to have these fans and and these people greeting for me >>> your 12 or 13 analysts people cheer for you tomorrow to go back to school you have homework to the girl's gonna like it >>> all yes >>> does it help you out with the girls? >>> no. >>> we'er back to sibling squabbles but it is a wonderful experience >>> another day the next day, the moments of great help their remember the moments >>> fame can be as fleeting as the confetti today. >>> they're raising money here first for the team they raised $60,000 and today raising money for the ugandan little league team that went to world series little league without much equipment they're having fun and doing good things >>> it looks like the kids got a thrill and the grown-ups will continue to celebrate into the early evening hours >>> the kids at that time tonight and homework >>> the oakland a's raised $53,000 today for good cause the teen's breast cancer awareness day, the team so pins at spotting jerseys
be over, espn reports the sides are near an agreement. standing in for agreement are the replacement reps. there is a sea hawks won on a controversial call. the referee being scrutinized today and here is a picture of lance easley the night after the game partying in a nightclub. his full time job is with bank of america. there is a picture floating around of him know. a woman at the club wearing a green bay packers shirt but again a deal with nfl may be soon. >> yes. >> coming up, bed time ritual one author guarantees will help your child get a good night's sleep. >> and a county changing ts way restaurants deliver takeout food. >> there is warm to hot patterns setting up. >> and there is airlines creating a quiet zone adding no kids >>> scientists say a huge earthquake last spring triggered qaikz around the world. it was off the coast of sumatra and one of the 10 largest reported quakes in 100 years and this resulted in little actual damage but found a relation to questions as far as baja, california occurring up to a week later. >> san francisco has a new low budget, high tech transpor
, they just might. "they've looked through espn, different networks, you name it. we're looking at whatever we can that can help us."you see, thousands of surveillance drones are bombarding the air video do you see in a day? about 1600 hours worthhof full- motion viieo a day..."we got an exclusive look iiside the intelligenceecenter at langley air base, where all that video pours in. but there's a limit to how much a human being can watch: "needing to get water. needing to get up. needing to unfocus your eyes for a second."a rand report found the miliiary could learn something from shows like force, reality tv producers see hours of mundane video, with multiple cameras running 24/7. but their software can "tag" the key scenes:and to allow operators to see beyond their individual computers, the report recommends the military adopt the tv control room set-up. the clock is ticking: new surveillance systems can spy on entire towns. and more advanced sensors will capture a lifetime of video in just one day. "so if you sat down and watched movies for 85 years straight, high-definition movies
. here are the al east standings. according to espn, the orioles have a 90% chance of making the playoffs. it is hard to put too much steak into the outcome sunday night against the ravens and patriots. from the heart, this one means the world. baltimore brings a different weapon to the field. a dynamic leg. in college, he was pretty good too. still, waiting to see how he handles the pressure in the nfl. >> i know it was good for me, especially with my job description where i am on an island and what i do is pretty black and white. the kids are either good or they are not. having 101,000 people there to watch and see whether they are good or not. being in that an arm and was really helpful for me coming out. >> -- being in that environment was really helpful for me coming out. >> that brings us to our text question of the day. which game is the most important of the year? a, sunday's game. b, any game against pittsburgh. c, we will not know until december. the majority are voting c. there is a chance to win $10 million. second round at ease late today in atlanta. rory mcelroy is on track
from that game. wearing the o's gear helps. espn and site called fanatics.com said orioles gear has been the hottest, second to the yankees and the san francisco giants. >> i think it certainly helps. that's not to say they haven't been supporting us but maybe they haven't been as vocal and willing to demonstrate that pride that they have in the team. >> the playoff tickets are expected to go fast. >> a beautiful day for star gazing. they all took part in the 15th annual ruth steak sizzling classic in baltimore county. the tournament raises much needed money for the local chapter of the leukemia and lem foam a society. abc2 news was the proud sponsor. >> not bad. >> we didn't see where it went. >> he's no tiger. mayben ni els -- maybe ernie els. >> it as a cool scenario, down to 40s before you know this. take a look at weather in dundalk on the east side, mighty key bridge in the backdrop as we look over the outer portion of the horizon. bel air beautiful skies over harford county. our few from charm city. deep creek lake. there is a frost advisory for maryland's most western county
. here with his take is the espn analyst, stephen a. smith. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth, it's good to see you, brother. >> great to have you here. stephen, jets quarterback mark sanchez had a terrible game last sunday going 10 for 27, yet tim tebow played only three downs. do you agree it's time for tebow to play a bigger role? >> well, seth, i respect you, but you're talking junk, okay? and this is a tough one for me, seth, because i know tim tebow. he is a good man. but, tim tebow does not have the accuracy to be a quarterback in the national football league. and his very presence on the roster is ripping the jets apart. >> i don't know if that's true. i mean, starting quarterback, mark sanchez, has been very vocal in his support of tebow. >> seth, please. i know mark sanchez. mark sanchez is a close personal friend of mine. mark sanchez and i talk every night before bed. [ laughter ] so i can tell you that with no uncertainty that mark sanchez believes tim tebow is more dangerous than a cowboy with a chainsaw. [ laughter ] are you hearing me, seth? >> yeah, everyone is hearing y
.s. with a tv. nearly 99 million of those carry the two biggest sports networks, espn and espn 2. the 15 million household gap is offset by getting niche programming in front of targeted audiences on easily accessible networks. for the major media companies that own both terrestrial and cable sports channels, putting high-profile sports on the cable network also means increasing the subscriber fees they get from customers. if the goal is sacrificing casual fans in order to guarantee the die-hards, almost no event, except maybe the super bowl, is safe. but with ancillary dollars generated through cable, and with cable nearing its saturation point, its hard to argue with the strategy. >> tom: finally tonight, we remember the victims and the heroes of september 11, 2011. from the pentagon, shanksville, pennsylvania, and ground zero, memorials and moments of silence were held, as they were across the country. a field of flags in charlotte, north carolina, to fire fighters in north liberty, iowa, honoring the almost 3,000 americans killed 11 years ago today. while this anniversary was marked by much
football through february. let's get highlights from other sports now from espn. >> doug kezirian here with your espn news update. we start on the track in atlanta. two races to go until the chase for the championship. as for this race, we'll pick it up with 45 laps remaining. martin truex jr. makes the inside pass on denny hamlin to take the lead. fast forward, five laps to go. jamie mcmurray, blowing a right tire, sparks flying. that brings out a caution. as for this race, sometimes, a 325-lap race will come down to the final two laps. off a restart, hamlin out in front. jeff gordon, the 24 car, trying to pass him on the high road. instead, hamlin takes the checkered flag. with that win, he punches his ticket for the chase for the championship. >>> let's go to baseball. the tigers hosting the white sox. detroit has won six straight meetings. their ace, on the bump, justin verlander, 1 of his 11 strikeouts. he has four straight seasons of at least 200 ks. a 1-1 game in the sixth. men on first and second for delmon young. he takes chris sale deep with a three-run shot. tigers win. chri
those, thanks to our friends at espn. >> randy scott here with your "sportscenter" update. college football's opening week, so jam-packed it extended into labor day. enjoying the long weekend in blacksburn, virginia. 16th-ranked virginia tech, hosting georgia tech. this game was so packed, we needed some extra time. final minute of the fourth quarter. kevin washington, to deon hill. yellow jackets take a 17-14 lead. last chance for the hokies. it's 14-6. logan thomas, connecting with corey fuller. fuller to the 24 yard line. get up there and call a time-out. cody journell has the chance to send it into overtime from 41 yards out. and it's true. it's the first overtime game in the history of lane stadium. think about it. bruce smith played there. mike vick played there. they never played an overtime game. georgia tech, third and six. kevin washington did not make many mistakes. but he wants that one back. tried to force it. instead, it's an interception by kyle fuller. all that virginia tech has to do is score. and they send everybody home safe. maybe they don't send them home. mayb
: at 8:and 30 espn is reporting that the st. mary's basketball program is under investigation from the n.c.a.a. for possibly recruiting violations. tonight at 8:00 p.m. the college spoke with us. >> st. mary's college will not go into detail of allegations of recruiting violations but they are speaking to kron 4. >> st. mary's college and n.c.a.a. have been working cooperatively with the men's basketball program. >> the path oathletic program were not available for this report and did not comment on the espn report that named non-unnamed sources. david patrick has been interviewed by the n.c.a.a.. he left in 2010 he is now an assistant, and he was noticeably absent in the month of july of recording. if his absences were related to the recruiting violations or the reportedly back surgery. >> to respect the integrity of that process we have no further comment at this time. >> our phone calls were not answered in their office was closed. reporting, kron 4. >> the giants are just three victories away from clinching the national league west. tonight, the san diego padres. j.r. staffing. is li
a touchdown. espn college football is available anytime, anywhere on your computer or mobile device via watchespn.com and the watch espn app. >> chris: love that app. >> sean: just amplify and put a period on the mike riling conversation. had a couple of down years, but i think we've seen he and his staff have not forgotten how to coach. >> chris: outstanding. >> sean: averaged nine wins a year prior to the losing season. two seasons prior to a losing record they were playing for a chance to go to the rose bowl late in the year. hundley, probably be a bunch of laterals here. bell, looking for someone to throw it to. and that's the ball game. james couldn't get very far with it, and mike riley s has now tied lon schneider as all-time winningest coach in oregon state history. more importantly the beavers go to 2-0 with a huge road win. sean mannion threw for 379 and 2 touchdowns. here's quint. >> quint: coach, congratulations. how do you best describe the defensive effort today? >> it was an awesome job by our defense. i thought they kept playing and we gave up one big play, you know, but
calling it on espn. but the refs were literally giving mixed signals. >> after review, the call on the field stands, touchdown, seattle. >> seahawks win in the most bizarre finish you'll ever see. >> reporter: the stunning ending seeming to hurt not just the packers' record, but the very integrity of the game. former coach jon gruden alongside tirico. >> this is comical to me. really. mike, i'll tell you, that's two of the worst calls at the end of a football game i can remember. >> reporter: the monday night mayhem capped a week in which patriots coach bill belichick got furious after his team's loss to the ravens. even putting his hands on a ref. >> i have never meant any disrespect or in any way tried to abuse or be disrespectful to the officials and the job they do. >> reporter: and the lockout has created a social media firestorm. patriots linebacker, brandon spikes, tweeting, can someone please tell these bleeping zebras foot locker called and they're needed back at work. drew brees tweeted after the monday night game. tonight's debacle hurts me greatly. this is not the le
frustration. so, who are they? according to espn, the man who called last night's touchdown is a local executive for bank of america who only officiated high school and junior college football games. today, we have also learned that another replacement ref -- not involved in last night's game -- has been fired from something called the lingerie football league for incompetence. if there's any good to come out of this, aside for seattle fans, >> oh, my god it's amazing. it was the best seahawks game i've ever seen. >> reporter: it's that this uproar may help end the lookout. tonight, the two sides are reportedly back at the table. dan harris, abc news, new york. >>> now i want to bring in michael wilbon from our espn co-hosts of "pardon the interruption". michael, let me get you to say what you think. all you said so cards this is fraud, bogus and incompetent. what is the one word you want to use? pronounce the one word for this. >> one word. shameful. i don't know they can be embarrassed. somebody might tell the people they're not actually wearing clothes. they don't seem to care. the
frustration. so, who are they? according to espn, the man who called touchdown is a local executive for bank of america, who has only officiated high school and junior college football games. if there's any good to come out of this, aside for seattle fans -- >> it's the best seahawks game i've ever seen. >> reporter: is that this uproar may help end the lockout. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> needs to end quickly. >>> where there's nfl action there's gambling and a whole lot of money was blown in the final moment of monday night's game. some experts estimate that swing losers totaled $1 billion, with a "b." you think of online bets. nothing you would know about, rob. >> a lot of money. >>> an oregon teenager is enjoying hero status after saving a little boy from a burning home. 14-year-old marco rushed to his neighbor's house when he heard screams and saw flames shooting from the second floor. the house was already filled with smoke. and the ninth grader said that's when his instincts kicked in. >> i took the ladder. and i propped it up on the window. and i crawled up the window and punc
. >> there is espn reporting a labor agreement is near that could put officials back on the field maybe as soon as this weekend. and according to the espn report the league and referee union have an agreement on the sticking points including pensions and trading of future refs. a source says only a little bit of money separates the two sides. there is a the controversy just keeps growing this, photo snapped in fresno. one day after referee lance easily made the call. and he's pictured with a friend wearing a green bay tee shirt. >> there is american air lines and pilot union back at the negotiation table. since september 16th about 3% of the schedule has been cancelled. >> and a tennessee woman is suing southwest airlines and a flight attendant over hot tea. it happened on a flight attendant to new orleans. she claims the flight attendant brought her tea so hot it gave her second degree burns and claims it left her permanently scarred. >> today a fake plan crash sent dozens of responders rush together scene. part of the annual response drill. and this one has more of a splash than the usual dri
reportedly held an 18-hour negotiating session -- and tonight, according to our sister network, espn, a deal is quote, "at hand." that late-game debacle -- that hail mary, the scramble in the end zone, and the two replacement refs making totally different calls -- >> this is comical to me. >> reporter: the touchdown that really looked like an interception, but let seattle beat green bay. it infuriated everyone from the announcers, to the fans, to the players, and tonight it appears to be what finally brought the powerful nfl owners and referee's union to this possible deal. the refs have been locked out since june in a dispute over compensation and the power to bench bad referees. but the replacement refs brought in by the league proved infinitely worse and made the fans miss the regular refs who are usually taken for granted. >> last three weeks we're focusing on the officials. that's the wrong thing to look at. it's obvious, people watch football games and say how many bad calls are these officials going to make? that's the problem right now. >> reporter: according to our friends at espn,
. >> welcome, everyone, to the espn "sportscenter." >> reporter: and thus began a humble wrapup program that would do nothing less than change the very middle easteeaning of amer. back in 1979, sports fans only really could follow their local teams. briefly glimpse at the end of local news cast. "sportscenter" rendered that obsolete. and helped catapult sports into the center of the american cultural dialogue. now, it is the beating heart of abc's sister network, espn. 18 million people tune in each day. compared to the 30,000 who watched that very first broadcast. is. >> welcome to another edition of "sportscenter." >> reporter: a show that wouldn't recognize itself now. owing much to the iconic athletes who came of age with it. and all those anchors, including my ge my dear "gma" colleague, robin roberts. blazing a trail for me to follow. >> alongside josh elliott, i'm hannah storm. >> reporter: and one of the great continuous ad campaigns in television or thistory. >> what's the story? >> i thought everybody left for the night. >> bring this thing in. hey, wally! it's not what you th
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